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My wife built raised beds using pressure treated 4x4s and rebar, as BrownRedHawk describes. She found it quite straightforward, even without much experience or special tools. This also seems to be a common way for trail crews to shore up steep hiking trails with erosion issues. Tamping the steps' platforms first with a cheap hand tamper would give you a more ...


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For my money, relative ease of installation, and the ability to remove and reinstall, I suggest using pressure treated or landscape timber, approximately 4"x"4" (smaller or larger to preference, budget and aesthetics). Place these on the soil (not on top of the mulch), and secure them by driving a 12-16" piece of rebar through the timber and into the soil. ...


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Well, turns out that repeated slamming of the front entry door isn't good for many things, electrical connections included. I finally had a chance to open the outdoor sconce yesterday and saw that one of the neutral white wires had sort of slipped out of its wirenut, and wasn't holding on very well to the others. I don't know why this resulted in lower ...


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I would start by forming a series of steps of appropriate size. Each step should be fairly level and compacted. There can be as many as you feel will look balanced. For an relatively easy and quick job I would drive a couple of 3/4 inch galvanizes pipe approx. 16-24 inches (more if needed) into the ground. Spacing depends on the width of you step. Behind ...


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As long as the steps are well drained, you need no foundation. Dig deep enough that you can lay down at least 4 inches of coarse stone (1/2" to 1" in diameter) below and 4 inches of regular gravel (1/4" in diameter) on top of that (round is better than angular, if you can find it). On top of the gravel use an inch of sand. Place the stone slabs overlapping ...


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From experience an extra wire with a different shield color might indicate it as the "Positive" wire in a circuit (or Hot). The electrician may have been planning ahead and to save time ran the extra wire. What I would do is to pick the most likely route of the yellow wire starting from the opened junction box. I believe you said there was a spa circuit ...


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Your design is dangerous because you don't have safe light fixtures. Outdoor light fixtures, especially at 220V, need to safely insulate all electrical conductors. In an environment full of moisture and active, moving animals, you need fixtures that are secure and sealed. If you can't buy these, maybe you can make some, but don't expect regular indoor ...



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